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Former Fort Worth Police Officer Indicted in Local Court for Traffic Ticket Scheme Involving NHTSA Grant Money

On April 18, 2012, James McDade, former Fort Worth police officer, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury, Fort Worth, Texas.  Mr. McDade was indicted on 19 charges of tampering with a governmental record and one charge of theft by a public servant. 

Mr. McDade is accused of entering false times on 19 traffic tickets and receiving more than $9,000 in overtime for hours he did not work in 2009.  Mr. McDade is one of nine Fort Worth police officers suspected in this traffic ticket scheme.  The officers allegedly issued tickets during normal duty hours but indicated that the tickets were issued while working overtime under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which is funded through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  (NHTSA) grant. 

In March 2011, the Fort Worth City Council approved reimbursing the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) $231,000 in grant money that was used to pay the nine officers' overtime.  

This investigation is being conducted jointly with the Fort Worth Police Department and the FBI, with assistance from NHTSA and the Texas Department of Transportation. 

Note:  Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.